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Lebanon Prayer: Cutting Ties

God,

When will the Lebanese get back their money?

And how much is left, after drawing it down?

Dollars to lira exchanged for a pittance.

A lifetime of savings became daily bread.

Is there a lesson, God?

If so, it feels cruel.

Yes, birds of the air are fed by their maker.

Flowers of the field are clothed like a king.

But what sin of the people brought on this calamity?

The bankers, the leaders – they shifted the loss.

Instead they all bicker, blaming each other.

“The money returns when the government pays.”

Thus said the banks, washing hands of the crisis.

“Dollar peg, debt, corruption – all political woes.”

Meanwhile the president pressed on the governor,

The Central Bank head once lauded as wise.

Now subject to lawsuits he slow plays the audit,

Privy to secrets that none want exposed.

Expose them, God.

But only for justice.

Reform them, God.

Build a system that works:

Transparent, accountable,

Inclined to the poor.  

But now foreign lenders are giving their verdict.

Cutting ties with a nation that once made them rich.

Lebanon, isolated, will struggle with imports.

It produces so little to eat of its own.

Is there a lesson, God?

If so, it is kind.

Too many bank accounts were just bigger barns.

Storing up interest at 15 percent.

Putting their trust in a future of comfort.

Spending their profit on luxury goods.

In your parable, God, the illusion was shattered

Only when death took the life of the fool.

God, Lebanon has your attention.

The people are humbled.

Their false hopes exposed.

Innocent of the crisis, they rage out in anger,

Or stir in frustrations beyond their control.

Political leaders, international powers,

Some favored, some hated –

But God, bless them all.

For all are guilty, God.

We trust not in you.

Cut our ties to the vices that keep us in deception:

Self-righteousness, pride, and hardness of heart.

Our barns have been broken, and also our spirit.

But not yet the soul that you still can redeem.

With it, God, rebuild the storehouse.

Fill it with blessing,

With all that is good.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Crucify Them

God,

There are corrupt officials who abuse their post.

The crowd calls, “Crucify.”

There are others ready to take their place.

The crowd calls, “Crucify.”

There are activists who slash and burn.

The crowd calls, “Crucify.”

There are some who carry foreign interests.

The crowd calls, “Crucify.”

God, the crowds may be different. And maybe they are right.

But it is not your spirit.

Are there innocents among them?

Are there pure of heart?

There is no one righteous.

But are there sincere?

Does the president mean it when he despaired of his job?

Does he really prefer his grandfather’s grove?

Does the president mean what he said to the patriarch?

Does the government form when the PM returns?

Does the patriarch mean it when he names the militia?

Does the video leak come from his command?

Does the militia mean it now urging a government?

Does their deal with Christians deadlock the whole?

Does the Shiite head mean it of Lebanese unity?

Does ‘preservation of Christians’ mean citizenship?

Does the minister mean it: No Syrian trouble?

Does the deal with Russia have maritime threat?

Does the Germany offer come with conditions?

Does their real interest lie in bumping the French?

God, you know.

You sift the wheat from the chaff.

You sort the sheep from the goats.

But this does not come ‘til the end of the age.

Until then we are left in confusion.

Those who cry, “Crucify,” are only half right.

Better the whisper that groans out, “I thirst.”

In truth it is Lebanon hanging in anguish.

But is it the criminal, on right or on left?

Will it join in the mocking of sinners despondent,

Waiting for death that will come to us all?

Or seek out the blessing that hungers for righteousness,

Pleading for mercy for sins of its own?

There are officials with integrity.

There are activists with grace.

There are diplomats with principles.

And they, too, must repent.

There is no cry of “Resurrection,” God.

It comes at dawn, with most asleep.

It is found by the faithful, ministering quietly.

Tending the dead, hopeless in grief.

Bless those who toil, without ambition.

May they see their reward.

May Lebanon rise.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Oxygen

God,

Syria sent oxygen – Syria.

Syria in civil war. Syria in disarray.

Syria helped Lebanon.

Bless them for it.

But some say Damascus is behind many ills.

Smuggling in medicine, dollars, and flour.

Sending back refugees while Cesar Act smothers;

The least they can give is a few tanks of air.

Syria also needs prayer, God.

Raise up intercessors.

But so do the COVID sick struggling to breathe.

Their numbers keep rising, striking down Easter.

As restaurants open, the churches are squeezed.

Permission is needed to enter for worship

With gatherings nixed and a lockdown imposed.

It is reasonable, God.

But where are the vaccines?

Amid stuttered rollout, private sector takes over.

Many say Lebanon runs better through them.

But who can afford even 38 dollars?

As politicians distribute in areas of support.

The political class that cannot form a government

Finds it way with the patronage voters demand.

Bless them, God.

They take care of their own.

But give Lebanon better.

Take care of the whole.

For now, far too many are flooding the hospitals.

Preventative care is neglected when poor.

Meanwhile ambassadors shuttle through nations.

Are deals being cooked, and at whose expense?

So what can be done, God?

Where is the hope?

Or is Lebanon destined to just trudge along?

It could be worse.

It could be Syria.

But even they find ways to give.

God, let not generosity be lost in Lebanon.

Even in poverty grant fullness of heart.

Destroy not its character, neither the nation.

Rebuild the foundations upon what is good.

Lebanon is good, God.

Help the people remember.

But may they turn to you—for justice, righteousness, and forgiveness.

This is true oxygen, sustaining the soul.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Deep Desperation

God,

What happens if the threats hold true?

Pharmacies strike and food markets close.

Gas stations ration and subsidies shrink.

Was it just a bubble?

The lira draws back after plummeting further.

What made 10,000 so soon prompt 15?

“Manipulation,” some say. “Fear,” said the others.

But no one can claim any semblance of health.

The banks will make efforts to rein in the dollar.

Exchange houses given more leeway to work.

After new rounds of rancor, the leaders give signals:

Maybe on Monday a government forms?

Meetings with Russia. Egypt-Turkey come closer.

Will a semblance of peace settle Lebanon too?

From deep desperation a new hope emerges?

Could this be the reason the lira has gained?

God, may it be.

But what if on Monday the impasse continues?

Already the signals are starting to chill.

Politicians are needed, said the Shiite militia.

The world refuses, hinted Sunni PM.

Head of state keeps his office, said the top Christians.

So back where we started, the people may groan.

What will happen to the lira?

What will happen to the food?

Medicine. Gasoline. Banking reserves?

A loan for electricity – the power stays on.

But for how long, God?

Where is our hope?

In all the above Lebanon has experience.

And also in faith; you have tried them before.

In Hussein, and in Charbel – their icons inspire.

In Mary so many of all sects converge.

It is good, God.

But you are greater.

People find their peace in you.

This is a truth Lebanon must remember.

But it is also a truth they have known before.

In war and in famine. Amid slaughters and strife.

But can you fix what is broken?

Can you make right the wrong?

Here, God, there is little experience.

Here many conclude you are no help at all.

So plans by the thousands are offered by think tanks.

Civil society offers so much.

But still nothing changes while brain drain continues.

The nation is emptied of brightest and best.

How do Lebanese live like this, God?

Bang your head against a wall. Or: eat, drink, and be merry. What else can be done?

But now the head is bloodied. Merriment, no more.

God, come and rescue.

God, fill the void.

In our spirits.

In our systems.

In the hopelessness surrounding.

Be our help.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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How to Pray for Your Nation

Many Americans are troubled by the state of the nation. It is an unusual feeling.

Our national psyche is accustomed to being on top. To progress. To winning. Our challenges, for the most part, were external. And while we have always had political divisions, there was rarely any doubt we shared a broad consensus.

What do we do now?

The first and most important step is prayer. But it is a different type of prayer to which I would like to call our country. It is a form of prayer I have learned from being a foreigner, living abroad. Before that, however, there is hard work to do first.

Fall on your knees, and pour out your heart to God.

It is far easier to complain to like-minded people—often on social media. Instead, take your frustrations to the one who will not offer you an echo chamber, but a refiner’s fire. To him, curse the darkness. Plead your case. And as you cry out before him, allow the slow but steady transformation as he nudges you closer to the image of Christ.

And then consider next this form of prayer—additionally.

For me, it started in Egypt. Having grown to appreciate the country of my residence for two non-eventful years, the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011 filled me with hope for positive change. Before too long, it filled me with dread. Riots in the street. Police violence. Demonization of opponents.

It took about four months of anguish, but I began writing a prayer for the country. It started as above, as I wept for a nation I had grown to love. But I wanted to push through, and offer my plea publicly, so that others might pray also. This, however, confronted me with a dilemma. Every segment of society interpreted events according to their own viewpoint. How could I get them to pray, together?

I had my own personal interpretation, of course. But if I wrote my concerns, surely some would applaud, while others would cringe. Some actors, certainly, only pursued their own interests, manipulating and cheating to gain the upper hand. But who was who, and were any pure?

Even so, I believed most people wanted to see the victory of peace, justice, and reconciliation. They valued transparency, consensus, and the common good. They calculated them differently—often vastly so. But if I could model a prayer that all could pray together, then God could sort out the details.

Remember, this is the second prayer. The first is to do your own hard work. God has given you unique discernment in the affairs of the nation. Beg God to accomplish the good that you see—and then work in the world to convince others.

But do not neglect the work of unity.

I have since moved to Lebanon, another nation that now breaks my heart. Please join me in prayer for the Land of the Cedars, every Sunday.

But more to the point, would you consider a broader prayer for America, or whatever nation in which you dwell, and call others to join you?

If so, here are five principles to keep in mind:

1) The sincerest prayers are for God alone. Do the hard work with him before sharing your prayer with others.

2) If it is a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If it is a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If it is a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, religions, or nations. Such a prayer may be appropriate—but save it for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

As Americans, we are not used to our nation being in such need. In your personal prayer, long for your vision. But in your public prayer, call our nation together. Then each of us can place our vision before God in pursuit of his kingdom principles, from which all our approximations derive.

Please click here to read this article at the blog page for IDEAS.

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Lebanon Prayer: Total Darkness

God,

In darkness no one knows the sin. Every criminal can hide.

Lebanon is not there yet.

It is the lowest level of responsibility to say: I cannot do my job.

But it is responsibility still.

Honor them for it, God.

But give the nation men who can.

The army cannot feed its troops.

Police equipment goes to rot.

In two weeks, the lights go out.

The lira falls in market black.

But a color cannot be arrested, God. Darkness cannot be shouted away.

It is creeping ever closer.

Even the hope of some is eroding. The World Bank loan nets them half of its gain.

Fresh dollars delivered will help out the bankers. While oversight monies are slashed in the fray.

At least it is something?

For even the hope of others is poisonous. Burning tires pollute the air.

When roads shut down all are impeded.

Save for those who do not move.

It is hard to move in darkness, God.

But it is not here yet: Why is there no government?

Are they blind already?

Perhaps they cannot sense the region. Which way will the powers pull?

In darkness, the frightened will latch on to anything.

They grab and they squeeze and they clutch what they have.

Meanwhile surroundings are trampled to pieces.

All huddle together, bound by their sect.

The job becomes protection.

Even this has honor, God. We must keep safe our own.

But Muslim and Christian are both pushed to poverty.

The price of bread has risen for all.

The lowest level of responsibility: Can they say that they have failed?

Some call them criminals. Some call it: sin.

But still, all are guilty.

The people love darkness, rather than light.

Is there a glimmer?

The pope said he’s coming.

Some grimace. Some strengthen. Some hope beyond hope.

At least it is something.

It is less than you.

And you are needed. Your light must shine.

Let it come through our blessing of others.

Let it come through embrace of the good.

It profits not to curse the darkness.

Those entangled must be saved.

This is our lowest level of responsibility, God.

For the sake of Lebanon, please do the rest.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Ten Thousand

God,

Your promises are put to the test.

The songs we sing ring hollow.

Are there truly “ten thousand reasons,” with the lira the same to the dollar?

And what of your scriptures, God?

“Ten thousand will fall at your right hand,

“But it will not come near you—only the wicked.”

Are we the wicked, God?

My uncle has fallen from COVID. My money is stolen from banks.

My nation is falling to pieces.

Maybe a different verse calls out instead:

“How could two put ten thousand to flight,

“Unless their Rock had sold them?”

Have you washed your hands of Lebanon, God?

So many others appear to.

There are riots in the streets. There are sanctions in the air.

And the caretaker head might stop working.

An aged King David once went out to war,

“No sire,” they said, “You are equal

“To ten thousand men. If they fall by the sword they don’t matter.”

Too many in Lebanon view themselves so.

And their subjects are left to lie fallow.

Which one am I, God?

A servant to all?

Do I search out the one from the hundred?

But what when the hundred need so much help?

What when they become ten thousand?

“Still my soul will sing your praise unending?”

But there is little for my heart to find.

So what now, God?

So be it?

Some will fight – they are in the streets.

Some will push – they need a government.

Some will pray – they hold to your promises.

Bless them all, God, in their efforts.

But…

Maybe the lira will never recover.

Likely the money is gone.

Maybe your justice will find out the guilty.

Likely the worst is to come.

It is hard to find a word of hope, God.

As we brush aside our blessings.

But we have life. We have love. We have truth. We have beauty.

We have you – if only we seek you.

Are you enough?

Please be so.

For the one.

For the ten thousand, four hundred, and fifty-two*.

Amen.  

*For non-Lebanese, this number equals Lebanon’s area in square kilometers.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Proper Power

God,

Lebanon struggles to keep on the power.

Lebanon struggles with power.

Yours is the sovereignty, God. You delegate some.

And Lebanon struggles to keep it.

“Do not stay silent,” the patriarch urged, proposing a path of neutrality.

Hundreds arrived to his place in the hills, as he invites the global community

To act where the nation is stuck in its ways

And cannot form even a government.

Illegal arms. Unfaithful judges. And plots to passport Palestinians.

Stalled reforms. Dishonored martyrs. His list was long and passionate.

It was bold—the Shiite militia had warned it was war.

It was clear—the Lebanese knew his full meaning.

But was it of you?

Some say the patriarch is being political. Some say clerics themselves are at fault.

The sectarian root poisons all, they proclaim. Religion should not have power.

Maybe. But it does, God.

The question is: How is it used?

Will it lay down its life for its friend?

Politicians have power, and are also accused.

Some cut to the front of the line for vaccines.

Maybe they need to. By rights they serve. They shepherd the state of the nation.

If they fall ill who will rise to their place? Things fall apart if they fail.

So many wish them ill, God. So many say they are failures.

But not you.

You will judge them, yes. Their power is from you. They will answer for what they were given.

Yet still they are human, bearing your image.

We all fail you, in our sin.

You want our redemption. You long to restore.

Your grace invites even the evil.

So what of politicians?

Bless them.

We pray for them. We need them to do well.

We need—electricity.

And what of the clerics? Only the same.

We need their prayers—from humility.

God, pick and choose. Sort the wheat from the chaff.

Shape Lebanon how you desire.

Yet well said the patriarch in his command:

Speak out.

Each one has his share.

Give wisdom, God.

Help each one find it.

Help Lebanon find it.

Help Lebanon find itself—and with it, proper power.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: A New Judge

God,

Six months. Starting over. Sort of.

The Beirut explosion now has a new judge.

A young man, respected, dares enter the fray.

First he must scour the thousands of notes

Left behind by the judge tossed aside for his work.

Then he must weigh if those efforts were true.

Were figures indicted the right ones to fall?

And are there still others, and how will he know?

Is there a trail that pinpoints the guilt?

Or if everyone shared in a system corrupted

Is any one person a scapegoat for all?

All this takes time, God.

Victims’ families have no closure.

Damaged shops await their claims.

With the nation stuck on neutral

People say: Its by design.

But Lebanon has other frustrations also.

Still no government. Still no aid.

Parliament questions exchange rate equations,

While the needy are suffering, someone else gains.

The Maronite patriarch pleads to the world:

Let the UN guide our path back to health.

The Shiite militia rejects this agenda.

“Our problems are here. We will solve them ourselves.”

There is honor in both answers, God.

But they also called it: War.

Judge between them, for the good.

Judge.

Judge.

But God, let us fear your judgment. You are righteous, we are not.

And your verdict is eternal.

Can the young man solve the mystery?

If pressured, can he walk this path?

Give him courage. Give him wisdom.

Protect his heart. Protect his life.

Too many have been killed already.

And what of the others, God?

Do they serve the nation? Do they serve their friends?

And what do we pray for? That our side would win?

Judge them, God.

They deign to speak for the country.

We do not know their hearts.

Expose the ones of selfish interest.

Promote the ones who fear your name.

And make us like them—faithful to the right, committed to the true.

Humble in assessment of ourselves.

Yet firm in conviction, where in line with yours.

Teach us to balance:

Judge with right judgement.

Judge not lest you be judged.

God, there is a way forward.

Let Lebanon find it.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Vaccine Doubt

God,

The vaccine is here, and yet people doubt.

What should be hope is cynicism.

But why should it be otherwise? Our lives are full of conspiracy.

Our lives are full of sin.

Some trust not the Western make. Others reject Russia.

Even in medicine rivalry reigns. A zero-sum game of interests.

But much of the questioning hits closer to home.

“Lebanon: corrupt and incompetent.”

Can it keep the vaccine cold?

Will it distribute fairly?

God, you know.

Few others do.

At the main COVID hospital the head figure urges.

And his overworked staff deserves first in line.

But less than a third signaled solid acceptance.

A full four-in-ten will not take it at all.

What then of the nation?

The lockdown makes the cases fall. But with it the economy.

Another week. And then two more. And still two stages evaluating.

But now: A prick. And then one more. Eventually four million.

Herd immunity.

Or are we sheep?

Or are we rats—trapped in a lab?

God, you are our shepherd.

You lead us beside still waters.

But through the valley of death.

COVID has taken many, conspiracy or not.

Corruption has taken many—but that death is eternal.

And it has poisoned Lebanon far more than any virus.

It has ruined trust.

So what now?

Take the vaccination? Wait it out and wear a mask?

See if others fall ill first?

But if no trust in Lebanon, what of the world?

Are scientists, chemists, complicit?

Errors are possible. Money is made.

But is the whole world out to get me?

All we know, God, is you are not.

And yet, in the end, I will die.

You control the times and seasons.

COVID, somehow, is of you.

But so is grace, and faith, and love.

So is trust—which we must give.

Help us build it ever slowly.

One-to-one, where friendships lie.

Then let us risk to trust the stranger.

Maybe, even, rivals too?

Trust demands we become vulnerable.

As, in fact, we always are.

COVID has reminded us. Death has no escape.

And love leads to a cross.

Do we trust you, God?

The vaccine is here, and some will doubt it. Who can say if they are wrong?

Bless them. Bless us.

Walk with us to unknown future.

Give us wisdom. Heal the sick.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Lokman Slim

God,

By all accounts, a brave man died. But some dispute if he was good.

Yet all condemn his murder.

Suspicion falls on those who doubt. All his life they marred his name.

A Shiite in the south, the militia let him be.

And now most think they killed him.

But no one says so. None accuse. In truth they do not know.

Unknown gunmen pulled the trigger. His family says they beat him first.

He spoke against militia arms. He criticized its foreign ties.

But this is not all that Lokman did. He built an archive for the war.

Every sect contests the history. With documents they now can fight.

And maybe Lebanon can know.

Maybe Lebanon can heal.

Maybe Lokman now can rest?

The nation does not have the luxury. Politics will take no pause.

Christian allies signal distance. Their Shiite partnership has failed.

Helpful here, successful there—”It did not build a state of law.”

Do they tie this to Lokman? Do they tie to the port?

Germans uncovered a stash of explosives. Authorities busted a shipment of drugs.

Six months from the blast there still is no justice.

But two others were killed who had snooped around.

God, the nation hangs its head in horror. Resignation fills the soul.

Add to the list of targeted killings. Another assassin will never be known.

All authorities promised otherwise.

Like they promised for the port.

God, what do you want from the Lebanese people?

Will this time be different? From faith, must they hope?

Or does faith permit only the hope in hereafter? That one day, injustice will all be put right?

Shallow comfort for his family. Little help to fix the state.

So should the nation rage in anger? March again to Martyrs’ Square?

That hope, also, has faded.

Some look to Washington, Riyadh, or Paris. Others to Ankara, Damascus, Tehran.

Hope not in princes, your scripture says.

Then the Lebanese mountains? Lift up your eyes. Help comes from their maker.

To rest in their glory. To reside in their shade.

For refuge from virus. For reminder of you.

Ah, but God, it does not settle. Our lives are left disquiet here.

Already you can give your comfort. Not yet does it assuage us whole.

And Lebanon is left in the lurch.

Your kingdom coming. God, we long.

May we work on its behalf.

May we not confuse your aim.

We honor you in common good. Order, justice praise your name.

But something more is all eternal: The soul that now is in despair.

If Lebanon rises it may fall tomorrow.

The kings of the moment the next one will pass.

Yet the life you redeem is kept everlasting. The joy you bestow is abundant and true.

Give this to Lebanon—all those who seek it.

And with it: Hope.

For Lokman. For justice. For love.

Amen.

Note: The family has since conducted an autopsy, and accepts the result that no signs of torture were found on his body.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Tripoli Protests

God,

The week started with cows. Humiliation and farce.

It ended with death. Tribulation and rage.

Lift Lebanon from its misery.

Somehow the livestock are now held by Israel.

Crossing a border no human can pass.

One more offense lodged amid violations.

And poor farmers suffer ‘til promised return.

But the tragedy is elsewhere, God.

And only you can interpret it well.

The people of Tripoli are pushed into protest.

The poor pummeled further as all is locked down.

Their anger exploded in riots and arson.

They stormed public buildings, besieged the elite.

Policemen were injured. One protester died.

And all of the airwaves are filled with conspiracy.

Hidden hands that will hijack the cries of the weak.

Oh God, heal.

Hold back the spirits that seek out destruction.

Help the rich of the city reach out to their kin.

But balance the powers that govern the nation.

Give leadership equal to crises at hand.

They are only getting bigger, God.

The cases of COVID are not abating.

Lockdown continues and vaccine is pledged.

But few have a confidence all will go smoothly.

Registration beginning: Will corruption select?

God, yet again, we beg of your mercy.

We humble ourselves in need of your grace.

We confess the sins that we hide and we nurture—

That rob us of power and access to you.

But Lebanon’s troubles go beyond our foibles.

They are baked in a system, the region entire.

There is only so much one can do to improve things.

So we fall to our knees, and ask what it is.

God, help the poor farmer get back his livelihood.

Comfort the family of the man who has passed.

Put food on the tables of Tripoli and elsewhere.

Mark men of integrity to lead every post.

Bless this nation, God.

Bless its people.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Breathe

God,

What do you pray for when nothing is happening?

When all that is happening is getting worse.

The nation is suffering while locked down entire.

The hospital cots trade the dead for the sick.

But with everything shuttered the other pain rises.

If no one can work, then fewer can eat.

In the north and the south some are driven to protest.

The lockdown extended, with no hope in sight.

Meanwhile the nurses are brought to exhaustion.

When doctors fall ill, demands surge for the rest.

God, there is no rest.

But yet, there is boredom.

Perhaps rather—paralysis.

What is there to do, if naught can be done?

The caretaker prime minister made his best effort.

He went to the head of each ruling sect.

He sought to encourage the forming of government.

Dismissed as “utopian,” no breakthrough was made.

Might outsider stimuli shake up the system?

A new US president takes up the helm.

And a Switzerland inquiry hits central bank leadership,

While Syrian linkage is probed at the port.

At least before long the vaccines will be coming.

The World Bank funding will help with supply.

God, please ensure equitable distribution.

Many voice fears nepotism will reign.

So in the pause, God, let Lebanon pray.

Against the spirit of corruption. Against the spirit of defeat.

For renewal of the nation. For renewal of the heart.

Breathe into Lebanon hope, love, and mercy.

Blow winds of justice, divide wheat from chaff.

Give an awareness that all are united.

COVID is killing regardless of sect.

Both Christian and Muslim are locked in their houses.

The church and the mosque—and the bar—all are closed.

Soon things will open.

Life must go on.

Help Lebanon find the life that is truly life.

Eternal, good, and giving.

Redemptive, and of you.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Solomon and Kipling

God,

How do you pray for those who accuse each other of lying and cheating? One of them must be right.

Maybe both?

These are the leaders you have raised up for Lebanon.

These are the leaders who raised up themselves.

God, in the first, we lift them ourselves. We ask that you bless them and give them success.

Join them together in all solidarity. Grant them discernment to chart the best course.

Knit the nation united and give it a government.

The people will perish if no vision found.

And God, in the second, you curse not ambition. You honor the servants who risk and who lead.

But selfish ambition you toss on the dung heap. Mix justice with mercy; expose every wrong.

God, they are many.

They may not all be Lebanon’s. They may not all be clear.

A shepherd was snagged on the border with Israel. Accused as a spy, does he just do his job?

“Violate not our borders,” shouts out from the south.

Drowned out by the din of their jets overhead.

And even as aid finds the poor of the nation, the banks make a profit off foreign exchange.

A vaccine is coming to combat Corona.

But only once lawsuits get pushed to the state.

Yet the slightest of hope emerges from Syria. A plane from Aleppo arrived in Beirut.

Dozens of passengers came for some reason. Let trade and exchange increase week-by-week.

But even now wrong is attached to Damascus. An explosive report links regime to the blast.

Meanwhile the people sit home under lockdown. Yet COVID is filling each hospital bed.

God, what to do?

One of the accusing hurled the insight of Solomon.

“Wisdom dwells not in the soul sold to sin.”

But he also took refuge in the poem of Kipling.

“Keep your virtue with crowds; be authentic with kings.”

God, of the first, guard the hearts of these servants.

Let your scriptures inspire and reproach and transform.

And God, of the second, discernment diffuses. It found in the sages and artists and scribes.

The politicians?

Maybe.

It can be, God.

If one is right, then vindicate.

If both are wrong, rebuke.

But raise up the leaders who seek out your wisdom.

For the sake of the nation, spur zeal in the good.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Peg to Iran

God,

Lebanon has long lived in days of opaqueness.

Everyone knows, but no one will say.

It is not a good way to run a country. Truth must be told.

Maybe it is starting to change?

An Iranian general took credit for missiles.

Resistance to Israel flows from Tehran.

Meanwhile the Christians all spoke out in protest.

“No partners in sovereignty, we have our own state.”

But the top Shiite cleric made clear his viewpoint.

“No sovereignty at all, without Soleimani’s gift.”

Completing the image, his statue was raised.

God, the Shiite militia is a check on its neighbor.

Their weapons are held apart from the state.

Their influence in government is a fact of the matter.

Their people are citizens, with all rights therein.

But some things remain opaque.

Do they kill their opponents? Do they launder their cash?

Some accuse. They deny. Some defend. Others sanction.

Terrorists or patriots? God fearing or corrupt?

The Druze politician thinks he sifts through to the essence:

“Nothing is left but a missile launching pad.”

“Let their bloc end the pretense, and govern themselves.”

Meanwhile in finance reality is spoken.

The central bank governor buried the peg.

The era is over, once bailout is managed.

The dollar economy will soon simply float.

Good or bad, God – you know.

But national wealth will soon be what it is.

God, let the national heart ache.

Comfort in part through international good will.

But make the societal response resolute.

After the individual repentance of all.

A man cannot come to you in pretense.

Our sins cannot stay opaque.

The truth must be told—and in crisis it can be.

The truth also hurts—but from humility, health.

Reveal all parties engaged in deception.

Let everyone know, and everyone say:

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Interviews

God,

Who gets to speak? When a nation is suffering, to whom does it listen?

The powerful have a responsibility to communicate.

But by their words, they will be judged.

The prime minister, now only a caretaker, defended himself in the case of the blast.

Suspicion he spread elsewhere.

Only a portion of nitrate exploded. The rest had disappeared.

And a probe was authorized only hours before.

He painted a picture of official disfunction.

The central bank governor does not answer his calls.

But from talk in the media subsidies can continue—another six months if all ration well.

Meanwhile the head of a powerful militia boasted of weapons precise in their range.

Their number has doubled while enemies dither.

But be ready for conflict in the last days of Trump.

One speaks of troubles within the system.

One speaks of troubles the region around.

One projects weakness while trying to do something.

One projects strength while they wait with the world.

God, are these the words you desire?

Others suffer silently.

Three hundred Syrian families fled; their makeshift tents were set ablaze.

Corona facilities fill to capacity; a lockdown is looming post-holiday cheer.

God, there once was a time your voice filled not the earthquake.

God, send it again still and soft in the wind.

Let the powerful hear it: If only they listen.

Let it comfort the weak, and the lost in despair.

God, few of us will ever be interviewed.

But we all have words—fill them with wisdom, with power and hope.

Remind us the words you already have spoken.

To teach and encourage. To rebuke and correct.

We also have responsibility. We also will be judged.

Wherever we have influence, help us lead.

Through each with his own, God, guide Lebanon.

Promote every voice who looks to the whole.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Bats in the Palace

God,

There are creaks in the floor from Lebanon’s attic.

Wind rustles through broken windows below.

Lights from the Christmas tree maintain their luster.

But few are the presents, suppressed is the cheer.

Is Lebanon haunted?

Is Lebanon cursed?

Taking his children to school, he was murdered.

Unknown the motive, he worked at the port.

Another allegedly photographed weapons.

He disappeared briefly, then showed up unharmed.

Was one assassination?

Was the other a hoax?

God, you know.

God, please guide.

Lebanon continues to lack a government.

‘Bats in the palace’ are blamed for the leaks.

Prime minister and president trade accusations.

And patriarch asks every week that is lost:

Are they irresponsible?

Are they loyal abroad?

But maybe repairs are brought to the structure.

Parliament voted to open the books.

With penalties increased for sexual harassment,

Domestic violence is also deterred.

God, honor these efforts.

God, increase—the bats.

Contrary to lore they are noble creation.

They see in the dark where others are blind.

More agile than birds in mid-flight maneuvers,

They feast on the insects that nip and annoy.

Give Lebanon these virtues, God:

To find its way when all is dark.

To navigate where all are strong.

To eat the pests that plague its people.

To know the honor of its kind.

God, the house is standing.

The Christmas spirit still.

Your presence prevents haunting.

Inhabit it anew.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Tuition

God,

Must students pay for the sins of others?

The American University upped its fees. Rather, it upped their dollar exchange.

When the economy tumbled, their exchange rate held firm.

When their budget tightened, they laid off their staff.

Now they yield to reality to reflect the market—more than doubling tuition cost.

Will they yield yet to students?

Protest rallies pushed their anger. Riot police engaged the crowd.

Can the college do otherwise? Should they spend their reserves?

Would it mortgage the future for the sake of this class?

Meanwhile the parties continue to argue. Even the patriarch steps in the fray.

Sunni and Christian air their frustrations. Each of the other says they mislead.

And all accused leaders submit not to subpoena. What will the judge do, if the law is ignored?

Protesters gathered at his very residence, urging him on until justice is done.

The words are simple: Port. Blast. Lira. Debt.

Hope?

The world is complicated: Cabinet formation. Uniform standards. Dollarization. Sectarian balance.

Abandon, all ye who enter?

The sins of the fathers do plague the children.

Lebanon suffers from generations before.

What can be done if all this is your justice?

What if longstanding prayers result in your wrath?

May your mercy come quickly to Lebanon, God.

Cushion the needy. Spare the innocent. Preserve your remnant.

All those who labor for Lebanon’s good.

There are many—multiply them.

Find and promote within every class.

The students. The teachers.

The public servants who pull the strings.

But like the stringed puppets they have obligations. What can they do with the interests abroad?

God, you know.

Lead each uniquely. Lead each together.

Cleanse the heart and gird the loins.

Do not hold against them the sins of the fathers.

Your love settled the debt that none can repay.

Bless every soul and lead to repentance.

Let Lebanon live what you offer to all.

Your school has no tuition.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Charges Filed

God,

The judge said he is proceeding accurately and deliberately. May it be true.

Some said he is politicized. Spare Lebanon from this sin.

The prime minister said his conscience is clear. May it be true.

Some said he is a scapegoat. Spare Lebanon from this sin.

The victims’ lawyer said the charges were a step toward the truth. May it be true.

God, how do you read it all?

There must be accountability for the explosion in the port.

But when a system is guilty, who gets the blame?

The charges are sullied as unconstitutional. But parliament declined to take up the case.

The charges hit only one political grouping. They say that the standards must be unified.

The charges reach right to the top of the government. But they touch not the president, of similar weight.

Some say the charges design to divide, protecting all. Spare Lebanon from this sin.

Some say the charges may soon crack the whole.

God is this your righteous will?

The system needs cleansing from deep corruption. Let the law’s pursuit of justice mirror your own.

Judge each leader separately. Reward each for his good.

But all are guilty, for all have sinned, somehow.

Their pursuit of justice cannot match your own. All fall short of your standard.

So burden their conscience in these times of trouble. Let them not run from the errors they made.

Help them make things right.

Lebanon still needs a cabinet of reform. But the political parties continue to jostle.

Lebanon still needs exchange rate stability. But the top university just gave up the peg.

Lebanon still needs to preserve its subsidies. But money runs out with rationing soon.

Lebanon still needs to secure its borders. But airspace violations increase and offend.

The needs are great, and growing dire.

God, assist the people in day-to-day living.

Give them a government from the upright and able.

The accurate. The deliberate. With consciences clear.

Amen.


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Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.

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Lebanon Prayer: Harbingers

God,

Lebanon keeps waiting for direction. But are there indications?

Some may be fading: The French president vowed again to return.

Some may be accounting: The state filed charges against army chiefs.

Some may be a warning: Someone brutally murdered a customs official.

Some may be shifting: Secular students swept the university vote.

God, what do they mean?

France again rallied their aid for reform. Help will come to the people, though bypass the state. Is this welcome commitment, or a desperate last gasp?

The army has long been seen as a bastion. Politicians will profit, but not men of the brass. Is this needed exposure, or selective resolve?

Security warned of assassinations. A Druze leader wondered if tied to the port. Is this mob-style messaging, or no link at all?

The students embarrassed political parties. They call for a future not tied to the sect. Is this youthful idealism, or hope for the flag?

God, you know.

And you will let Lebanon decide.

France has a heritage. France has the means. But let reform-led prosperity come from within.

The army unites. Corruption decays. Root it out everywhere and preserve the whole.

Secrets are many. Some know the truth. Let the nation have justice for the blast in Beirut.

Youth is naïve. Youth has a vision. Walk generations together with honor toward faith.

God, like all, it is your nation.

God, like all, it goes astray.

Nip in the bud any selfish ambition. Nurture the growth of each bloom that is good.

Once you placed your sign in the virgin. A message of hope to all who believe.

Make good the promise of Lebanon’s mountains.

Bring to fruition her bountiful fields.

Provide for the people in these times of trouble.

Hold strong their faith for your new dawn to come.

Amen.


To receive Lebanon Prayer by WhatsApp, please click this link to join the closed comments group.

Lebanon Prayer places before God the major events of the previous week, asking his favor for the nation living through them.

It seeks for values common to all, however differently some might apply them. It honors all who strive on her behalf, however suspect some may find them.

It offers no solutions, but desires peace, justice, and reconciliation. It favors no party, but seeks transparency, consensus, and national sovereignty.

How God sorts these out is his business. Consider joining in prayer that God will bless the people and establish his principles, from which all our approximations derive.


Sometimes prayer can generate more prayer. While mine is for general principles, you may have very specific hopes for Lebanon. You are welcome to post these here as comments, that others might pray with you as you place your desires before God.

If you wish to share your own prayer, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1) The sincerest prayers are before God alone. Please consult with God before posting anything.

2) If a prayer of hope, strive to express a collective encouragement.

3) If a prayer of lament, strive to express a collective grief.

4) If a prayer of anger, refrain from criticizing specific people, parties, sects, or nations. While it may be appropriate, save these for your prayers alone before God.

5) In every prayer, do your best to include a blessing.

I will do my best to moderate accordingly. Thank you for praying for Lebanon and her people.